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Organizing cultural projects through legitimising as cultural entrepreneurship
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. (Organsation och Ledarskap)
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Managing Projects in Business/Emerald, ISSN 1753-8378, E-ISSN 1753-8386, Vol. 8, no 4, 696-714 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This paper is a study of creating organization in the case of cultural projects; cultural entrepreneurship. This includes taking advantage of opportunities and using ones social capital through networks. It is a case study of Vandalorum which is an Swedish international art and design centre with a strong regional connection. They want to offer close collaborations between artists, designers and the creative industry. It is located in Värnamo in the south of Sweden and was inaugurated in April 2011 after an establishment process running over 15 years. Renzo Piano hascreated the architectural concept of Vandalorum, inspired by traditional Swedish materials and building techniques. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach – Through interviews with significant actors over many years and secondary analysis of data collected by others the authors describe and analyze the establishment process of Vandalorum Art and Design Centre.

Findings – The case of Vandalorum shows that organizing a cultural project like Vandalorum is characterized by no well-defined starting and stopping point, but – quite typically for entrepreneurship as an organization-creation process – builds momentum and legitimacy narratively.

Originality/value – The originality lies in answering the question that the authors chose to focus on, which is embedded in the opening story of Vandalorum: how can such a cultural project become legitimized in a place like that, outside and rather far from any large city? In a changed cultural landscape with reduced public contributions, the claim is that it is crucial to legitimize the idea and project in relation to the main/key stakeholders. Such legitimization is a key entrepreneurial achievement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 8, no 4, 696-714 p.
Keyword [en]
Legitimacy, Cultural industries, Cultural entrepreneurship, Organization-creation, Vandalorum
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Business Administration
Research subject
Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48781DOI: 10.1108/IJMPB-07-2015-0064ISI: 000369995500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48781DiVA: diva2:894166
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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